Hair Types for Men: Straight, Wavy, Coiled And Kinky

When it comes to improving your hair, one of the most important elements is knowing your hair type; essentially and as per my bestselling book, The Men’s Hair Book, your hair type will determine your specific hair grooming and hair care, with these two being the 2 so-important aspects of your hair management. Unfortunately, the names of the hair types are used loosely by people and even hair literature, which means most people (let alone men) are confused about what hair type they have.

I have coined 2 hair-typing guides: the first one is my Curly Hair Type Guide, which is a detailed guide outlining the curl types available and which I explain fully in my first bestselling book, The Curly Hair Book. My second hair-typing guide is my ISEZ hair-type guide, which I also explain in great depth in my book, The Men’s Hair Book: A Male’s Guide To Hair Care, Hair Styles, Hair Grooming, Hair Products and Rocking It All Without The Baloney. This article is about the ISEZ hair-type guide, which sees the range of hair types in men as being composed of 4 types: straight, wavy, coiled and kinky.

Your hair grows as genetically determined and, with that, comes the shape of your hair. Fir all purposes, your hair can either grow straight or curl as it grows; if your hair curls as it grows, it can have wave-like shapes (i.e. wavy hair), spiral-like shapes (i.e. coiled hair) or kink-like shapes (i.e. kinky hair). Curly hair is thus an expression of 3 hair types (wavy, coiled and kinky) and not a hair type by itself! This is very important and one of the reasons why many men tend to be confused about their hair type, for some people will describe wavy as curly while others will describe kinky hair as curly.

The 4 hair types: straight, wavy, coiled and kinky

Because your hair grows as per your genetic makeup, you constantly sprout from your scalp the same shaped hair and thus putting the shape of your hair into a type is quite a viable option and a great one at that since it allows you to group your hair-grooming and hair-care specifics. These are the 4 hair types for men:

Straight hair

Straight hair is hair that grows infinitely without any bending or curving throughout its length although it may display some very light curving at lengths of over 3 inches due to wear and tear (the curving will be minimal). Alphabetically, hair that is straight represents a capitalised “i” (i.e. I) and this should be the cue to bear in mind when identifying your hair type. Straight hair is the hair type of Justin Bieber and Brad Pitt.

Good hair products for straight hair: pomade, high-quality comb and hair clipper.

Robin van Persie with his short straight hair styled in a crew cut

 

Wavy hair

Wavy hair is hair that loosely curls as it grows out of the hair follicles. Because wavy hair is a loose curl, wavy hair resembles wave-like patterns rather than full 3d coils. Wavy hair changes direction to complete the waves in 2 to 3 inches, which gives rise to wavy hair looking like capitalised “s” letters (i.e. S). Wavy hair is the hair of guys like Adrian Grenier and Matthew Mcconaughey.

Good hair products for wavy hair: hair mousse, wide-tooth comb and hair dryer.

Matthew Mcconaughey with his medium length wavy hair

 

Coiled hair

Coiled hair is hair that curls and makes up spiral-like shapes as it grows. Because of the tightness of the curl, coiled hair no longer makes wave-like patterns and will, as the name implies, coil on its way out of the follicle. When visualised in two dimensions, coiled hair will look like cursive, capitalised “e” letters (i.e. cursive E). Coiled hair is the natural hair of guys like Justin Timberlake and Will Ferrell.

Good hair products for coiled hair: leave-in conditioner, wide-tooth comb and hair straightener (if you want to have more hairstyles available to you)

David Bisbal with his long curly hair sitting on a sofa.

Kinky hair

Kinky hair is a tighter expression of coiled hair (i.e. more curls will be found per same length). Kinky hair will curl in super-short lengths (i.e. in less than 1/8 of an inch), forming very sharp-edged kinks as it grows from the scalp and ultimately giving kinky hair strands a shape that resembles a capitalized “z” (i.e. Z). Kinky hair is also referred to as afro-textured hair and is the hair type of men like Lenny Kravitz and Barack Obama.

Good hair products for kinky hair: extra-virgin olive oil (use for protecting the hair by coating it with olive oil), hair dryer and a hair pick.

Barack Obama with his kinky curly hair in a crew cut hairstyle

Once you know your hair type, it is then time to tweak your hair-grooming routine and hair-care strategy, for each of the hair types requires a slightly-different approach to how their owner must go about managing the hair. For now, find out your hair type using my ISEZ hair-typing guide and then, if you’re interested in knowing oh-so much more about your hair, then grab my book over at Amazon!

All the best

Rogelio

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